Oliveira wins in Valencia as Marquez crashes out of the lead

by Alice Cipolat
Miguel Oliveira, Valencia race 2018

Miguel Oliveira has won the Moto2 race in Valencia, the final race of the Honda-powered Moto2 era. Iker Lecuona took his maiden podium in the intermediate class to finish 2nd, and Alex Marquez rounded off the podium in 3rd.

Just as the Moto3 race, this race ran in wet and tricky conditions. No rain was falling but the track was still slippery and it was easy to make a mistake. Consequently, it was another crash-riddled race, with the conditions catching out several riders.

Luca Marini started the race from pole position but dropped to 4th off the line. At turn 2 on the first lap, Marini lost the front and crashed, as did Joan Mir and consequently Lorenzo Baldassarri. This incident caused several riders to go wide and lose time, including 2018 world champion Francesco Bagnaia. Bagnaia was tagged by his teammate Marini when he fell but managed to stay upright, re-joining the race in 23rd position. He eventually made his way back up to finish 14th.

Marquez quickly made his way to the front at the start of race, passing Oliveira for the lead and immediately pulling a gap. He was comfortable at the front, continually setting fastest laps and maintaining a gap of 1.5-2 seconds to Oliveira. Despite the rhythm he had found and the lead he had, Marquez made a mistake and crashed out. He managed to carry on and re-joined in 3rd place, as a result of how far ahead the top 3 were from Mattia Pasini in 4th.

Xavi Vierge was another rider that was thought to be competitive from what we’ve seen so far this weekend, with the potential to be on the podium or win the race. However, he didn’t look as comfortable as the other leading riders and crashed out of 3rd place in the first half of the race. This promoted Lecuona to the podium positions.

Fabio Quartararo made an amazing recovery to 6th place after stalling his bike prior to the warm-up lap and consequently starting the race from the very back of the grid. Remy Gardner also finished a career best 5th place.

2018 Moto2 Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana – Race Result:

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
144. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo45:07.639
227. Iker LecuonaKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+13.201
373. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+22.175
454. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+28.892
587. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+30.106
620. Fabio QuartararoSpeed UpHDR Heidrun - Speed Up+32.126
723. Marcel SchrotterKalexDynavolt Intact GP+33.086
840. Augusto FernandezKalexPons HP40+33.950
95. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+35.707
1024. Simone CorsiKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+37.019
1177. Dominique AegerterKTMKiefer Racing+43.844
1245. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+45.871
134. Steven OdendaalNTSNTS RW Racing GP+49.113
1442. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+53.288
152. Jesko RaffinKalexSAG Team+1:08.712
1632. Isaac VinalesSuterForward Racing Team+1:25.109
1718. Xavi CardelusKalexMarinelli Snipers Team+1:32.357
1895. Jules DaniloKalexNashi Argan SAG Team+1:47.808
1921. Federico FuligniKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+1 Lap
203. Lukas TulovicSuterForward Racing Team+1 Lap
NC66. Niki TuuliKalexSIC Racing Team+6 Laps
NC97. Xavi ViergeKalexDynavolt Intact GP+12 Laps
NC16. Joe RobertsNTSNTS RW Racing GP+17 Laps
NC70. Tommaso MarconSpeed UpHDR Heidrun - Speed Up+18 Laps
NC9. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+20 Laps
NC41. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+22 Laps
NC22. Sam LowesKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+22 Laps
NC89. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+23 Laps
NC10. Luca MariniKalexSky Racing Team VR46+25 Laps
NC7. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexPons HP40+25 Laps
NC36. Joan MirKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+25 Laps
NS14. Hector GarzoTech 3Tech 3 Racing

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